Nuno Landscape Design Continues

Nuno Landscape Design Continues

I have been continuing with work on my green nuno landscape and thought you might like to see how I “play” with the design. I put on layers of sheer fabric, take them off, try another piece of fabric and keep working with the various bits of fabric until I get a composition that is effective.

I’m using a variety of fabric including nylon organza, silk organza and cheesecloth.

I put pieces on, take a look and then rearrange or take pieces off. Or move them around, add more pieces and so on, always stepping back and looking in between steps. What works, what doesn’t? You can see how sheer the  nylon organza is, there is a piece on the top left side sticking off the edge on the right photo.

Sometimes it is hard to tell what changes and it’s a slow process but fun to see what happens.

Once I was happy with the composition, then I pinned pieces in place. I really should have taken the time to baste the pieces in place but I was feeling lazy. On the right photo, I have started to stitch the sheer fabric in place at the top. I didn’t want the stitching to really show that much, so there are tiny stitches in similar color/value thread to hold the sheer fabric down.

These last two photos are of the piece hanging on the design wall. This is really helpful for me, to see it hanging and to be able to back away from the piece and view it from a distance. I had stitched in the three orange flowers in the distance but they were really bugging me. The flowers were too big for the distant hills. They were the size of trees. So unstitching occurred and I removed the far flowers. I haven’t decided whether to add them back into the middle ground or not. The photo on the right is the amount of stitching I have completed now. Once I get all the rest stitched down, I will decide if it needs anything else. I also have to think of a better name than Green Nuno Felt Landscape. Any suggestions?

22 thoughts on “Nuno Landscape Design Continues

  1. interesting Ruth . You have me thinking about how to add stuff to the back grounds I crated. I ave been thinking how to add milkweed pods to them with my limited artistic abilities. I wonder if I have any grey or brown fabric……
    As to a name, I am hopeless. Maybe go with the emotion you are trying to evoke as a starting place.

    1. Thanks Ann, adding other fabric creates a nice contrast in texture. Do you have any burlap? I used that for pods before and added stitching on top. It worked really well with the frayed edges.

      Names are hard to come up with for sure 😉

  2. It’s looking beautiful already Ruth and it makes me feel very calm when I look at it. Titles are difficult – I like Ann’s suggestion for the naming of your piece, but ‘serenity’ would work for me.

    1. Thanks! It does have a calm feeling to it. I will ponder words such as serenity, tranquility, peacefulness etc. to see what I come up with for a title.

  3. I love the process of Ruth’s picture but I found it impossible to tell the difference between the pictures only looking at them one at a time. So I took the liberty of copying the pictures and setting them side by side on one page. That made them a bit like the “spot the difference” pictures in a child’s puzzle book. I was then able to appreciate the changes and how effective Ruth’s technique is.
    Having got Ruth’s approval I have put a photo of this page into drop box for you all to have a look – this is the link (you may have to copy and paste it into your browser)

  4. Queen Anne’s Lace is much more poetic than Cow Parsley, which is what I know it as. Indeed in some parts of the UK it’s known as Mother Die – and used to be picked by children annoyed by chastisement (verbal or actual) and taken home in a posy for mother (probably thereby earning themselves another clout).

    1. Yes, it’s always interesting the different names that plants are known by. And the “Mother Die” is quite the story, never heard that one before!

    2. I decided I should look it up because I am not really sure that the Montana version is Queen Anne’s Lace. It appears that there are numerous related plants in the carrot family, some of which are poisonous including several hemlocks. I’m not sure which one of these are what I have photographed. So some of these look alike plants are edible and some are poisonous and I have a definite difficulty in telling the difference between the varieties.

  5. I wasn’t able to read this – something about UK being in the EU (oh yeah?) Anyway it seems that a lot of the carrot family are called Mother Die, possibly because of the Hemlock relative. In fact I often had arguments with my elder sister who always said that it was hawthorn flowers that were called that. In fact I understand that both plants are over here. Anyway, both are pretty, and I still think Queen Anne’s Lace sounds nicest.

    1. I tried the link as well and the issue seems to be with GDPR rules (which the UK still enforces, thankfully). I’d be wary of websites that have a problem with data protection rules!

  6. I like seeing your brain at work and how you don’t necessarily have a final image in your head as you work. Makes me feel much better about my own stuff 😀 Have you decided whether it’s finished yet, Ruth?

    As for names, I’d choose a feeling it might invoque to you. It’ll sound more abstract and interesting, I think.

    1. Thanks Leonor, most of the time, I don’t have a specific final image/outcome in mind with these. I have a general idea but I let the piece decide what it needs as I work. I haven’t stitched everything down yet, so I will complete the stitching and then see what else it might need. It’s getting close though.

      I’m leaning towards a more abstract title as well but haven’t come up with one at the moment. My mind is swirling with the poisonous/deadly possibilities, so now things like “Lethal Serenity” are popping into my head.

      Sorry about the link, it doesn’t seem to have issues in the US. But the UK’s/Europe’s internet rules are stronger.

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